University of Bristol

Arts and Humanities

MA Religion

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Wills Memorial Building, Queen's Road

Second Floor, Union Building, Queen's Road, Clifton

Bristol, England

United Kingdom

Program Information

Degrees Offered:

MA Religion

Format: Campus

Program Description:

The MA in Religion provides advanced study of the religious traditions of both the West and Asia. The programme offers two pathways:

  • Buddhist Studies
  • Theology and Religious Studies

These reflect the expertise in the Department of Religion and Theology and allow you to study various religious traditions with scholars who are world-renowned experts in those fields.

Programme structure

Students follow one of two pathways, taking units worth 180 credit points.

Buddhist Studies pathway

This pathway is suitable for those who either want to deepen their knowledge of Buddhism through academic study or are interested in undertaking research in Buddhist studies but have little or no formal academic training in Buddhist studies at undergraduate level.

  • Core units (40 credit points)
    • Buddhism: the Foundations (20 credit points)
    • plus one of the following language units (20 credit points)
      • Introductory Sanskrit I
      • Classical Chinese
      • Pali and Buddhist Sanskrit (only available to students with one year of Sanskrit)
        NB: Not all languages will be taught each year
  • Optional units can vary each year but may include:
    • Introductory Sanskrit 2
    • Buddhism: The Mahayana Tradition
    • Buddhism in Practice
    • Aspects of Chinese Buddhism
    • Buddhist Psychology and Mental Health
    • The Origins and Development of Zen Buddhism
    • Yoga and Meditation
    • Supervised Individual Study (on an aspect of Buddhism not covered by other units)
    • An open MA unit chosen from those available in the Faculty of Arts
  • Dissertation
    You will engage in supervised research on a topic of your choice and submit a dissertation of between 10,000 and 15,000 words.

Theology and Religious Studies pathway

  • Core units
    • Buddhism: The Foundations (20 credit points)
    • History of Christianity: Core Texts (20 credit points)
  • Optional units can vary each year but may include: 
    • Medieval Mystics and Visionaries in Medieval England
    • Reflection on Religious Pluralism in Contemporary Society
    • Alchemy, Magic and Science in Early Modernity
    • The Renaissance and the Rise of the Modern Age
    • Greek Language Level A
    • Latin Language Level A
    • Atheism
    • Buddhism: The Mahayana Tradition
    • The Origins and Development of Zen Buddhism
    • Yoga and Meditation
    • Buddhist Psychology and Mental Health
    • Resurgence of Antisemitism in the 21st Century
    • Vatican II and Post-conciliar Roman Catholic Debates in Theology
    • The True, the Good and the Beautiful: Neoplatonism in Judaism, Christianity and Islam
    • An open MA unit chosen from those available across the Faculty of Arts.

Dissertation

You will engage in supervised research on a topic of your choice 

International Student Requirements:

IELTS English language 6.5 overall, minimum 6.5 in all bands or equivalent

Facts & Figures

Out State Tuition (per year): 15,500 GBP

Classification: Higher Education Institution (Not Carnegie Classified)

Locale: Midsize City

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